Diego Costa is certainly a vessel for Jose Mourinho out on the pitch. The combative Chelsea boss loves to get involved in controversial incidents off the field and his chief striker does an excellent job of maintaining the status quo between the lines.
Last season the Spaniard was often criticised for his physical style of play and today in Chelsea's game against Arsenal he has angered people once more.
Costa made contact with Arsenal defender Gabriel and after they exchanged words, both were booked. However, the striker continued to needle Gabriel and the Arsenal man's protestations ensured he saw yellow again while Costa remained on the field.
Football fans and journalists took to Twitter to simultaneously slam and in some cases, offer a strange admiration of Costa's villainous abilities.
Diego Costa. That's just disappointing!! Looking to get Gabriel sent off. Nobody likes to see that!— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) September 19, 2015
yeah this is 100% not a red card pic.twitter.com/mIYjKDUhRi— Renato (@th14Renato) September 19, 2015
Diego Costa pic.twitter.com/Qw27fXkvci— Mike Ryan (@MichaelRyanRuiz) September 19, 2015
Diego Costa is lucky he's such a terrific villain, because he's a fairly limited centre-forward.— Paul Ring (@Paul__Ring) September 19, 2015
Diego Costa is history's biggest villain.— Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMick) September 19, 2015
Diego Costa and Gabriel are both booked after a coming together. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 19, 2015